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New York Daily News, February 9, 1942

“Crying Babies Drive Nurse Crazy; She Dopes 2, 1 Dies
Her face pale with grief, nurse Irma Twiss Epstein, whose own baby died a year and a half ago, is booked at Morrisania Police Station in the death of a new-born baby whose crying was ‘driving me crazy'”

[“Aliens Begin Registering. Registration of enemy aliens begins today…”]

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PM, February 9, 1942, p. 3

“Here is Nurse Accused of Killing Baby
Distraught and pale with grief, Irma Twiss Epstein, 32 year-old nurse, whose own baby died 18 months ago, is booked on a homicide charge in the death of a baby whose crying, she said, “drove me crazy.” Miss Epstein, Bronx Maternity Hospital nurse, is accused of giving a powerful drug to the 20 hour-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Castro Vallee, whose only other child died after birth 11 years ago. Another infant, 4 days old, was revived by nurses and doctors after Miss Epstein was found in a hallway hysterically sobbing: eyedropper, baby.” Hospital records showed she entered service there in 1940 and after nine months took a leave of absence to have a baby. Police said she had been in Bellevue’s psychopathic ward two years ago for observation after tasking an overdose of sleeping tablets. She told police at Morrisania Station she expected to be married soon. PM Photo by Weegee.”

PM, February 9, 1942, Vol. II, No. 168, p.3

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PM, February 3, 1942, pp. 10-11, Vol. II, No. 164

Off Duty Cop Does Duty, Kills Gunman Who Tries Stickup
The boys were playing a little pool and cards in the Spring Arrow Social and Athletic Club, 344 Broome St., near the Bowery last night. Patrolman Eligio Sarro, off duty, went in for a pack of cigarets. Four men entered. “This is a stick-up,” the leader muttered. Sarro was a little slow getting his hands out of his overcoat pockets. “Get ’em up,” ordered the leader, Sarro did. One hand held a gun. When he got through firing, the leader was dead.

The usual curious crowd gathered after the gunman, fatally wounded, staggered from the entrance. He was about 22, dark and chunky. Police said he was Andrew Izzo with a record of six arrests.

Patrolman Sarro smokes a cigaret a few minutes after he dropped the gunman. He’s assigned to the Empire Blvd. precinct in Brooklyn. He lives only a few doors from the club.
PM Photos by Weegee

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NY Times, February 3, 1942

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PM, January 2, 1942 (PM Photos by Weegee)

“Auto Crashes marred New Year – as usual. When this car struck El pillar at 48th St. and Third Ave. driver was injured.”
“Bus crashed into doctor’s car parked in front of his office at 232 East 79th St…”
“Three were removed to Bellevue when, at Second Ave. and 39th St., this car collided with a taxi…”
“Driver of wrecked cab, John Delany, 559 Second Ave., was removed by cops, later went to hospital.”

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January 2, 2016 (Photos by Ceegee)

“Auto Crashes marred New Year – as usual… 2016”
“Bus crashed into car in Columbus Circle…”

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PM Daily, January 2, 1942,
Auto Crashes marred New Year-as usual. When this car struck El pillar at 48th At. and Third Ave. driver was injured.
Bus crashed into doctor’s car parked in front of his office at 232 East 79th St…
Three were removed to Bellevue when, at Second Ave. and 39th St., this car collided with a taxi…
Driver of wrecked cab, John Delany, 559 Second Ave., was removed by cops, later went to hospital.
PM Photos by Weegee.


Weegee Daily, January 2, 2013
Auto Crashes Not Seen
This car at 48th St. and Third Ave.
Cars in front of 240 East 79th St… There is no 232 East 79th St. anymore…
This car was resting comfortably at Second Ave. and 39th St…
Weegee Daily Photos by Ceegee.

Great article called:

“How I traced my grandfather’s life from a famous photographer’s image”
by Charles R. Hale

Published on irishcentral.com on May 31, 2015.

Of course that famous photographer was Weegee.

The famous photographer’s photo was on page 73 of Naked City.
The PM page and page spread, published on March 8, 1942:
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PM, March 8, 1942, pp.2-3

Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire

“Three persons died in a one-alarm fire at a tenement with out fire escapes at 239 W. 16th St. yesterday. Seven other persons were injured. On the street after the bodies were removed, Father G.J. Knoepfel, S.J., pronounced the last rites as ambulance doctor held his hat. Two of the dead were identified as Mrs. Betty Hasara, 22, and her daughter Lucille, 8 months. The other body was too badly burned for identification. Two men were rescued from ladders; two women carrying children jumped from second-floor windows. Police are investigating the fire, which apparently started on the first floor and swept through the roof. Flames were 40 feet high when firemen arrived. Other fires yesterday took two lives in Brooklyn.
PM Photo by Weegee

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We published this blog post on March 8, 2013:
Weegee Daily… March 8, 1942… Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire…

A few related articles:
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St. Petersburg Times, 03/08/1942

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Daily Argus, 03/07/1942

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Syracuse Herald Journal, 03/08/1942

A few contemporary views, Weegee Daily, March 9, 2013:

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